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The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides assistance for energy costs to low-income households. LIHEAP is a federal program that is administered by individual states, territories, and tribes. In New Hampshire, LIHEAP is administered by the New Hampshire Office of Energy.
Learn more about LIHEAP by reviewing the federal program fact sheet here.
For more information about LIHEAP in New Hampshire, click here.
The New Hampshire Office of Energy oversees LIHEAP benefits and provides financial assistance for heating expenses to qualified households. Financial assistance can include payment for:
For more information about LIHEAP’s heating assistance initiative in New Hampshire, see the New Hampshire state LIHEAP page here.
Cooling assistance is also available through the Electric Assistance Program, a sister program. You can find more information about the Electric Assistance Program here.
LIHEAP Crisis Assistance, like standard LIHEAP benefits, is a cash grant provided to the utility companies of eligible individuals in certain situations.
If your household meets all the eligibility requirements above and has an energy-related crisis, you may qualify for LIHEAP Crisis Assistance.
The state of New Hampshire defines “crisis situation” as one where a household:
A “life-threatening crisis situation” also qualifies a household for Crisis Assistance. This occurs when:
For qualifying households, the maximum annual benefit amount for LIHEAP Crisis Assistance is a one-time payment of $1,575.
Learn more about Crisis Assistance on the page the federal Benefit Levels for Heating, Cooling, and Crisis chart here.
To determine the amount of energy assistance for which you are eligible, the New Hampshire Office of Energy will consider:
Also, whether you are eligible for regular LIHEAP payments or Crisis Assistance payments will influence your maximum benefit amount.
As of 2020, the maximum annual benefit amount for heating in New Hampshire is $1,575 and the minimum annual benefit amount is $105.
To qualify for LIHEAP in New Hampshire, you must meet the following requirements:
Learn more about the LIHEAP financial eligibility requirements in New Hampshire here.
If you or a member of your family participates in the benefit programs below, then you may automatically be eligible for LIHEAP based on your income:
Eligible households can only apply for LIHEAP assistance from September 1st until April 30th each year. Eligible households containing at least one household member that is disabled, a child under 6, or is 60 or older may begin submitting applications as of July 1st. LIHEAP applications cannot be submitted year-round.
To apply for LIHEAP in New Hampshire, you must contact your local Community Action Agency (CAA) and schedule an appointment. The agency will inform you of any verification documents that you must bring to your scheduled appointment.
Find your nearest Community Action Agency office and contact information here.
When applying for New Hampshire LIHEAP benefits, you will need to provide:
The state may need the following documents and information to confirm your eligibility for LIHEAP benefits:
You can call the Community Action Agency office where you applied directly to check your application status.
Click here to find your local office and contact information.
Your local Community Action Agency will notify you after processing your application if you are approved to receive benefits. All LIHEAP payments are made to the heating or energy provider directly. Benefit payments will not be sent to you.
If you are denied New Hampshire LIHEAP benefits, you may request a hearing to appeal the decision by phone or in-person within 30 days of when you received the denial. To request an appeal, you must contact your local Community Action Agency Director. Find your nearest local CAA office here.
If you have questions about the appeal process, contact Eileen Smiglowski:
If you have questions about LIHEAP benefits in New Hampshire or require further assistance, contact your local Community Action Agency office. Find your nearest Community Action Agency (CAA) office and contact information here.
You can also contact the Fuel Assistance Associate point of contact, Eileen Smiglowski, at 1 (603) 271-8317.
While we are not affiliated with the government in any way, our private company engaged writers to research the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and compiled a guide that we believe is simple to use and easy to understand. Our goal is to help you get the benefits that you need by providing detailed information on the process.
Our free LIHEAP Guide is filled with helpful information about how to apply for LIHEAP, program eligibility and how to get in touch with local offices. You can view or download our free guide here.